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Keith Gleason

Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

Got my first pair of these with the expectation that I would wear them as a casual, comfortable shoe, and have been completely blown away with both the capability and the comfort. These have become my go-to travel shoe, because they look GREAT, and can very easily transition from casual to activity based. I took these on a 13 mile hike in Hawaii, and have been using them as my hiking shoes ever since. The Boost midsole in these is incredible. Unfortunately, shoes get dirty when you hike through mud for miles on end, so I had to get a second pair for casual wear. Truly one of my favorite shoes to put on my feet. They do run a smidge on the big side, so go 1/2 a size smaller if you are between sizes.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the magnets in the corners that keep the fly box closed and sealed. I got the small size for some specific flies, and it is perfect size to pop in the front pocket of the waders.
Also floats for when you inevitably drop it in the river.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I generally only fork over the cash for flouro leader for streamer fishing, although I have no doubt that the extra strength and stealth would be very beneficial for nymphing (being a cheapo is a personal choice). The 0x is excellent for streamers- super clear for maximum trout-foolery, and super strong in case you find yourself in a battle with a megalodon.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All I can say is that I wish I had known about these earlier in my fishing career. Very convenient and pretty much un-noticeable when fishing. Anything that allows me not to have to tie blood knots in the freezing cold is a winner. Pair these tippet rings with some pre-tied rigs attached to rigging foam, and your fishing life will absolutely improve.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the convenience of these things. They save a ton of time when nymphing with multiple flies or fishing dry-dropper rigs. Tie up a few rigs ahead of time and spend more time fishing, less time tying. These are especially useful when you have a tippet ring tied to your leader (you should get some of those too).

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on March 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Similar to the way Light Italian dressing contains less calories than traditional Italian dressing, the Tech Lite shirt contains less weight than most merino on the market. The 150g ultralight merino blend is comfortable in just about any climate, and you don't lose any of the benefits of the merino with this lightweight construction. Overall excellent shirt for anything involving high output athletic activity, or just lounging in.
As with all merino, beware of high heat in the dryer/ hang dry instead.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on March 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs

This shirt is a great way to feel technically savvy without learning any of that nerdy computer stuff. Merino wicks sweat well, keeps the stink away, and regulates body temperature better than just about any other material. The shirt definitely has an athletic fit, but it is not skin tight. Pretty ideal for hikes, runs, bike rides, workouts, or any activity that will likely end in sweating. Plus the graphic counts towards your minimum 37 pieces of flare.
As with any merino product, beware of heat in the dryer.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on March 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

I have never been a big boot-wearer outside of functional (snow/hiking) boots, but the Wacouta definitely caught my eye. They are a really good looking boot, but not too over the top. Easy to wear as a casual piece of footwear, but also durable enough to beat up if you decide to go stomp around in the wilderness. The attention to detail and quality feel of these is yet another thing that set them apart for me. They definitely take a couple of days for the leather to break in, but once they do, you won't want to take them off. I would recommend sizing down a half size.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on March 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Human innovation continues to amaze, and these shorts are truly a next step in comfort. They call this fabric a "technical moss finish jersey knit," but what it feels like is pulling a big fluffy (and stretchy) cloud onto your lower body. You may be thinking "why does this person writing this review care so much about shorts?" Because they WILL change your life. Sleep in them, workout in them, literally live in them- it doesn't matter what you are doing, they will make it better.
Seems to fit pretty true to size.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on February 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First of all, the name Air Lock Indicator sounds like something on a spaceship or a submarine, which I appreciate. And to stay on that note, comparing these indicators to similar indicators of the past is like comparing the space shuttles of the 60's and 70's to the recent SpaceX rocket. These do not mangle your leader, are WAY easier to adjust, and stay in place much better than those that you just put a loop through. I like to use the smallest size for spooky/slower/smaller rivers, and size up according to flows and the number of flies the fish see. The clear seems to be extra effective in the winter when flows are low, because it looks like a small piece of ice drifting down the river.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on December 7, 2018

5 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Although the description doesn't mention it, this hoodie was designed specifically for snowboarding/skiing. It is basically a DWR coated softshell riding hoodie, and it is incredible. Since it is designed to be worn with snow pants, the styling/fit is a bit bigger and longer (similar to the fit of a ski jacket). I love riding in this thing on warmer days because it looks like a hoodie, but it is still waterproof. Plus it has the classic adidas logo and styling.
If you want to wear this hoodie as a casual jacket, I would recommend sizing down a full size.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on November 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The zonal mesh in this top is the future of baselayers. It is strategically placed to dump heat from the places you sweat the most, which in turn reduces the amount of moisture that ends up in the garment. Pair that with a high quality merino blend, and you have one of my favorite baselayers on the market right now. I have been wearing 200 zone for my fall fishing adventures (which start frigid in the morning, and heat up to around 50 in the afternoon), and the versatility of this piece makes it perfect for this purpose. I am excited to use it touring this winter.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on October 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are many boards out there that claim to be "quiver-killers," and to be honest, there are a lot of boards that can do just about everything. HOWEVER, there are very few that can do everything WELL. The Assassin is the exception- this board can do just about everything as any board I have ever had. The flex is soft enough to be super fun in the parks and for screwing around on side hits. The snappy/responsive core and dampening agents in the sidewall allow for high speed straightlining. Initiating turns and holding an edge is easier on this board than any other board I have ridden due to Salomon's "Quadralizer" sidecut. Plus, the rocker in the tip and tail allow for easy float in the deep stuff. If you can't tell already, I love this board. I was also able to ride the Assassin Pro, which is basically the bigger brother of the Assassin. The Pro is stiffer and charges harder, the regular Assassin is more playful and buttery. Both are incredible boards, just depends on what you are looking for.
I am 6'4, 175 pounds and feel very comfortable on the 159 (I generally ride a 162-163).

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on October 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If it were possible to give more than 5 stars, this board would get it. Truly one of my favorite boards I have ever ridden. Salomon nailed the camber profile to allow for fun in the park, excellent edge control, pow turns, and laying the board flat and going as fast as possible. The med-stiff flex allows for snappy ollies and reassuring edge control while laying town hard turns. The Assassin Pro has a bit more backbone than the Assassin, which allows for harder charging when snow conditions are not ideal. I should also mention that this could be the lightest board I have ever ridden.
I am 6'4, 175 and generally ride a 162-163, but I felt perfectly comfortable on the 159 thanks to the camber profile and the overall stable feel of the board.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on October 19, 2018

5 5

A traditional camber is rare in today’s rocker/hybrid heavy market, but the Slash ATV can hold its own against any all-mountain contender. This thing loves to go fast, and lays down an edge with ease. The stiff and poppy camber profile not only allows for mega-ollies, but also stomps cliff drops and park booters.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If there is one thing we can all agree upon these days, it is that these waders are incredible. The 5 layer gore keeps submerged body parts dry, while the 3 layer upper adds a bit of breathability. I have put a ton of days in these things (which often include intense bushwhacking), and I still have no signs of wear or leaks. They definitely updated/upgraded the fit, belt and suspender system from the last pair of Simms waders that I had, and they overall just feel like a higher quality product. The fleece handwarmer pocket might be my favorite part of the whole wader- it is a lifesaver on frigid days.

I am 6'4, 180 with a size 12 foot, and I got the size large 12-13 stockingfoot. The large fits pretty well, but in hindsight I think I should have gone with the Large Long size.

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Keith Gleasonwrote a review of on October 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Most of my riding time is spent chasing people that are faster than me. Inevitably, I get too comfortable and find myself skidding with my body instead of my wheels. When I wind up in this situation, it is nice to have a layer between my knees and the rocks. Not sure I would recommend these for hardcore enduro or intense downhill riding, but they have been life-savers on numerous occasions. I have bashed knees at high speeds and come out mostly unscathed thanks to the Pro-X. These are a great compromise between annoying plastic pads and pads that are too soft.
They run a bit small.

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